And yet what a difference a few days make…
on 7th October we have the Guardian laying bare the EU’s point-by-point rejection of Boris Johnson’s Brexit proposals
on the same day the Telegraph loudly proclaim that the Scottish courts have ruled it would not be ‘necessary or appropriate’ to force the Government to ask for Brexit delay and that the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is to seek Supreme Court ruling on no-deal Brexit
the same moves are also roundly reported on the BBC news site
all this has led the FT to opine that the EU’s rejection will have forced the Prime Minister to delay Brexit and face an election the chances of a result that both stops Brexit and prevents a Corbyn premiership are achingly slim so if voters of the other parties don’t want Mr Corbyn, they will have to swallow Brexit and hope a victorious Mr Johnson seeks a deal.
I and the casual observer would have to note that, despite the much wailing and gnashing of teeth by the Prime Minister’s opposition members that his prorogation was preventing full and proper Parliamentary discussion of Brexit taking place, since the Remainers were granted their alleged “all important parliamentary time” I am somewhat bemused as to why the green benches remain largely empty.
The following image is from Hansard clearly showing the little, almost no, Brexit discussion that has taken place since Parliament resumed on 25th September 2019 - to paraphrase Henrik Ibsen and as the saying goes, “…a picture paints a thousand words…”.
Whilst I have no wish to belittle the content and merits of the much needed Public Lavatories Bill and the Domestic Abuse Bill, both no doubt extremely worthwhile, where is the Brexit discussion so urgently requested?
There has been little or no talk of Brexit, other than in historic terms, so where is the much lauded “Very Important Work” they had to do on Brexit which necessitated the House of Commons sitting?
So, maybe a little more progress in the last month than the last three years – albeit all having taken place outside Parliament - but, to be frank and reading between the lines, it’s still very much a case of crystal ball gazing until the 31st October deadline.